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Greg Pavlik - Sun, 2015-12-20 23:11
Blown away to get my purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from 10th Planet black belt Alex Canders.

IBM Containers running Spring Boot Applications with IBM Bluemix

Pas Apicella - Wed, 2015-12-02 16:56
There is now a new command line plugin for IBM containers on Bluemix so you can push and run docker images using CF CLI itself. The steps below show you how to set this up and I use a basic spring boot application as a docker image to test this out.


Take a note of the docker local host IP. In this example it was as follows, as I test my docker image on my laptop prior to pushing it to Bluemix.

-> docker is configured to use the default machine with IP

1. Install the latest CF command line, I used the following version.

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ cf --version
cf version 6.14.0+2654a47-2015-11-18


2. Install IBM Containers Cloud Foundry plug-in

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~$ cf install-plugin https://static-ice.ng.bluemix.net/ibm-containers-mac

**Attention: Plugins are binaries written by potentially untrusted authors. Install and use plugins at your own risk.**

Do you want to install the plugin https://static-ice.ng.bluemix.net/ibm-containers-mac? (y or n)> y

Attempting to download binary file from internet address...
9314192 bytes downloaded...
Installing plugin /var/folders/rj/5r89y5nd6pd4c9hwkbvdp_1w0000gn/T/ibm-containers-mac...
Plugin IBM-Containers v0.8.788 successfully installed.

Note: Default plugin directory as follows


3. Login to IBM Containers

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS$ cf ic login
Client certificates are being retrieved from IBM Containers...
Client certificates are being stored in /Users/pasapicella/.ice/certs/...
Client certificates are being stored in /Users/pasapicella/.ice/certs/containers-api.ng.bluemix.net/0bcbcada-bd11-4372-b416-955dff3078a1...
Client certificates were retrieved.

Deleting old configuration file...
Checking local Docker configuration...

Authenticating with registry at host name registry.ng.bluemix.net
Your container was authenticated with the IBM Containers registry.
Your private Bluemix repository is URL: registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples

You can choose from two ways to use the Docker CLI with IBM Containers:

Option 1: This option allows you to use "cf ic" for managing containers on IBM Containers while still using the Docker CLI directly to manage your local Docker host.
    Use this Cloud Foundry IBM Containers plug-in without affecting the local Docker environment:

    Example Usage:
    cf ic ps
    cf ic images

Option 2: Use the Docker CLI directly. In this shell, override the local Docker environment to connect to IBM Containers by setting these variables. Copy and paste the following commands:
    Note: Only Docker commands followed by (Docker) are supported with this option.

     export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://containers-api.ng.bluemix.net:8443
     export DOCKER_CERT_PATH=/Users/pasapicella/.ice/certs/containers-api.ng.bluemix.net/0bcbcada-bd11-4372-b416-955dff3078a1
     export DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY=1

    Example Usage:
    docker ps
    docker images
4. View docker images

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS$ cf ic images
REPOSITORY                                        TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             VIRTUAL SIZE
registry.ng.bluemix.net/ibm-mobilefirst-starter   latest              5996bb6e51a1        6 weeks ago         770.4 MB
registry.ng.bluemix.net/ibm-node-strong-pm        latest              ef21e9d1656c        8 weeks ago         528.7 MB
registry.ng.bluemix.net/ibmliberty                latest              2209a9732f35        8 weeks ago         492.8 MB
registry.ng.bluemix.net/ibmnode                   latest              8f962f6afc9a        8 weeks ago         429 MB
registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples/etherpad_bluemix   latest              131fd7a39dff        11 weeks ago        570 MB

5. Clone application to run as docker image

$ git clone https://github.com/spring-guides/gs-rest-service.git

6. Create a file called Dockerfile as follows in the "complete" directory

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ cat Dockerfile
FROM java:8
ADD target/gs-rest-service-0.1.0.jar app.jar
RUN bash -c 'touch /app.jar'
ENTRYPOINT ["java","-Djava.security.egd=file:/dev/./urandom","-jar","/app.jar"]

7. Package the demo

$ mvn package

8. Build docker image

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ docker build -t gs-rest-service .
Sending build context to Docker daemon 13.44 MB
Step 1 : FROM java:8
8: Pulling from library/java
1565e86129b8: Pull complete
a604b236bcde: Pull complete
5822f840e16b: Pull complete
276ac25b516c: Pull complete
5d32526c1c0e: Pull complete
0d61f7a71c59: Pull complete
16952eac0a64: Pull complete
2fb3388c8597: Pull complete
ca603b247c8e: Pull complete
1785f2bc7c99: Pull complete
40e61a6ae215: Pull complete
32f541968fe6: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:52a1b487ed34f5a76f88a336a740cdd3e7b4486e264a3e69ece7b96e76d9f1dd
Status: Downloaded newer image for java:8
 ---> 32f541968fe6
Step 2 : VOLUME /tmp
 ---> Running in 030f739777ac
 ---> 22bf0f9356a1
Removing intermediate container 030f739777ac
Step 3 : ADD target/gs-rest-service-0.1.0.jar app.jar
 ---> ac590c46b73b
Removing intermediate container 9790c39eb1f7
Step 4 : RUN bash -c 'touch /app.jar'
 ---> Running in e9350ddebb75
 ---> 697d245c6afb
Removing intermediate container e9350ddebb75
Step 5 : ENTRYPOINT java -Djava.security.egd=file:/dev/./urandom -jar /app.jar
 ---> Running in 42fc22473930
 ---> df853abfea57
Removing intermediate container 42fc22473930
Successfully built df853abfea57

9. Run locally

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ docker run --name gs-rest-service -p 80:8080 -d -t gs-rest-service

10. Test as follows

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers$ curl
{"id":1,"content":"Hello, World!"}

11. PUSH TO BLUEMIX AS follows

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ docker tag gs-rest-service registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples/gs-rest-service
pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ docker push registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples/gs-rest-service
The push refers to a repository [registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples/gs-rest-service] (len: 1)
Sending image list
Pushing repository registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples/gs-rest-service (1 tags)
Image 5822f840e16b already pushed, skipping
Image 276ac25b516c already pushed, skipping
Image 5d32526c1c0e already pushed, skipping
Image a604b236bcde already pushed, skipping
Image 1565e86129b8 already pushed, skipping
Image 0d61f7a71c59 already pushed, skipping
Image 2fb3388c8597 already pushed, skipping
Image 16952eac0a64 already pushed, skipping
Image ca603b247c8e already pushed, skipping
Image 1785f2bc7c99 already pushed, skipping
Image 40e61a6ae215 already pushed, skipping
Image 32f541968fe6 already pushed, skipping
22bf0f9356a1: Image successfully pushed
ac590c46b73b: Image successfully pushed
697d245c6afb: Image successfully pushed
df853abfea57: Image successfully pushed
Pushing tag for rev [df853abfea57] on {https://registry.ng.bluemix.net/v1/repositories/apples/gs-rest-service/tags/latest}

12. List all allocated IP

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ cf ic ip list
Number of allocated public IP addresses:  2

IpAddress        ContainerId

13. Create a container from the uploaded image

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ cf ic run -p 8080 --memory 512 --name pas-sb-container registry.ng.bluemix.net/apples/gs-rest-service:latest

14. Assign IP to container

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ cf ic ip bind pas-sb-container
The IP address was bound successfully.

15. Verify it's running

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/bluemix_apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers/gs-rest-service/complete$ cf ic ps -a
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS                  PORTS                          NAMES
3794802b-b0c                  ""                  4 minutes ago       Running 3 minutes ago>8080/tcp   pas-sb-container

16. Invoke as follows

$ curl

More Information

Plugin Reference ->


Installing cf ci plugin ->


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IBM Bluemix Secure Gateway Service with Oracle

Pas Apicella - Thu, 2015-11-19 22:47
I previously blogged about using the IBM Bluemix Secure Gateway Service as follows


I decided I would extend on this and Connect a Spring Boot Application to Oracle and consume Oracle data using the Secure Gateway Service.

The full demo is as follows


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IBM Bluemix Secure Gateway Service Step by Step Demo

Pas Apicella - Tue, 2015-11-17 21:15
I created this simple step by step guide on how to use the IBM Secure Gateway Service. Very simple demo which shows how easy it is to set this up and open a world of possibilities from on premise resources directly exposed via Bluemix whether it's PUBLIC or Dedicated/LOcal Instances


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IBM Bluemix Admin Console Command Line (CLI) Installation

Pas Apicella - Mon, 2015-11-09 20:32
The IBM Bluemix Dedicated/Local Administration Console also includes support for CLI to enable common management tasks to be performed using the Cloud Foundry Command Line by adding a plugin to enable support for it's commands.

Note: The Bluemix Admin CLI plugin requires version 6.11.2 or later.

Admin Console UI

Admin Console - Installing Command Line

The CLI to the admin console is installed as follows. The reference to this is found in your own Dedicated/Local install via a link as follows with "cli" appended to the Admin Console URL


pro:~$ cf add-plugin-repo BluemixAdmin https://opsconsole.mylocalinstance.bluemix.net/cli

https://opsconsole.mylocalinstance.bluemix.net/cli/list added as 'BluemixAdmin'

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~$ cf install-plugin bluemix-admin-cli -r BluemixAdmin
Looking up 'bluemix-admin-cli' from repository 'BluemixAdmin'
8889440 bytes downloaded...
Installing plugin /var/folders/rj/5r89y5nd6pd4c9hwkbvdp_1w0000gn/T/bluemix-admin...
Plugin BluemixAdminCLI v0.0.1 successfully installed.
pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~$ cf plugins
Listing Installed Plugins...


Finally target admin API endpoint:

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~$ cf baa https://opsconsole.mylocalinstance.bluemix.net
The API endpoint has been updated to 'https://opsconsole.mylocalinstance.bluemix.net'

At this point you can now run Admin Console commands as follows. To get help issue "cf {command} --help"
The current supported commands are as follows:
bluemix-admin-api, baa                              
bluemix-admin-add-user, baau                        
bluemix-admin-remove-user, baru                     
bluemix-admin-set-organization, baso                
bluemix-admin-unset-organization, bauo              
bluemix-admin-set-quota, basq                       
bluemix-admin-add-report, baar                      
bluemix-admin-delete-report, badr                   
bluemix-admin-retrieve-report, barr                 
bluemix-admin-enable-service-plan, baesp            
bluemix-admin-disable-service-plan, badsp           
bluemix-admin-add-service-plan-visibility, baaspv   
bluemix-admin-remove-service-plan-visibility, barspv
bluemix-admin-edit-service-plan-visibilites, baespv 
bluemix-admin-set-region-access, basra              
bluemix-admin-create-organization, baco             
bluemix-admin-delete-organization, bado 
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Spring Security Demo with a Bootstrap Look and Feel

Pas Apicella - Sun, 2015-11-08 21:31
I decided to take the Spring Security demo at the following link , and add Bootstrap to it. In the end it's basically the same code and the Form Based Login will accept one user "pas/welcome1".


Here is the updated demo with Bootstrap added to the UI pages. You can deploy this to Bluemix using the "Deploy to Bluemix" directly from GitHub and it will as you to Sing into IBM devOps prior to deploying it directly into your Bluemix Environment.


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Like a white stone in the depths of a well...

Greg Pavlik - Tue, 2015-10-13 13:26
Like a white stone in the depths of a well...
Anna Akhmatova
working translation by Greg Pavlik

Like a white stone in the depths of a well
within me there lies one memory.
I can not - and do not - want to expel
this, my greatest joy and my agony.

I think that anyone who closely looks
can see this recollection reads
as harrowing sadness in a tragic book -
a warning, and a sign of need.

I know the gods forever strive
to wreck the body but cannot touch the mind;
assurance that you will forever live
as a memory I can’t leave behind.

Как белый камень в глубине колодца,
Лежит во мне одно воспоминанье.
Я не могу и не хочу бороться:
Оно - веселье и оно - страданье.

Мне кажется, что тот, кто близко взглянет
В мои глаза, его увидит сразу.
Печальней и задумчивее станет
Внимающего скорбному рассказу.

Я ведаю, что боги превращали
Людей в предметы, не убив сознанья,
Чтоб вечно жили дивные печали.
Ты превращен в мое воспоминанье.

Requiem Fragment

Greg Pavlik - Sun, 2015-10-11 16:59
Requiem Fragment
Anna Akhmatova
translation by Greg Pavlik

10 Crucifixion

      Do not lament me, O Mother,
      seeing me in the tomb.

The angelic chorus glorified the hour of eternity,
when the heavens convulsed in a river of fire:
He cried to His Father “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”
And to His Mother, he spoke: “Do not lament me”…


Mary Magdalena writhed, and wept
as the beloved John froze like stone (or salt).
Where the Mother stood in silence -
no one dared to look.


Translator notes. I chose to translate this poem much less loosely than my interpretative translation of Akhmatova’s Lot’s Wife – there Russian readers will recognize that the final stanza is essentially my own poem (with an explicit reference to the unrelated work of Scott Cairns, in fact).

Instead, this section of Requiem is much closer to the original (1), with only minimal augmentation. Nonetheless, it is also very different from Akhmatova’s in certain critical respects. Requiem itself is a difficult and evocative work – its melancholy is inseparable from the suffering of both Akhmatova herself and the Soviet people under Stalin. In some sense, I have abandoned this context in my translation. Educated Russian readers would have recognized Akhmatova’s work as using the imagery of the hymnography of the Paschal Nocturnes, the final liturgical setting of Great and Holy Saturday chanted before the entombed body of the dead Christ, which includes a deeply moving dialogue with his Mother. (2)

I have chosen to deepen the liturgical elements of the poem and play off themes that recur in and around the Lenten Triodion. The text of the Slavonic service is rendered here in English as it is commonly used in American parishes within the Russian Orthodox tradition. Second, I use the Hebrew directly in quotation from the Psalter, emphasizing its position as a liturgical prayer. While the dialogic element from the Nocturnes service is repeated, maintaining the liturgical connection, here the address to the Mother is clearly one of human filial affection.

The river of fire is evocative of the image God as “consuming fire”, which, St Isaac says is experienced as bliss by the pure in heart. The second stanza – and I do not believe there is any intention at all in the original to do this – also points back to the story of Lot and Sodom and implicitly re-invokes the image of fire. Akhmatova makes no association with salt. I have tried intentionally not to recall the poetics of Stabat Mater in the final lines.

(1) Original Russian:


   Не рыдай Мене, Мати,
   во гробе зрящия.

Хор ангелов великий час восславил,
И небеса расплавились в огне.
Отцу сказал: "Почто Меня оставил!"
А матери: "О, не рыдай Мене..."


Магдалина билась и рыдала,
Ученик любимый каменел,
А туда, где молча Мать стояла,
Так никто взглянуть и не посмел.

1940, Фонтанный Дом

(2) From the Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Service of Paschal Nocturnes:

Do not lament me, O Mother, seeing me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed, for I shall arise and be glorified with eternal glory as God. I shall exalt all who magnify thee in faith and in love.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!

I escaped sufferings and was blessed beyond nature at Thy strange birth, O Son, who art without beginning. But now, beholding Thee, my God, dead and without breath, I am sorely pierced by the sword of sorrow. But arise, that I may be magnified.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!

By my own will, the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble at seeing me clothed in the blood-stained garments of vengeance; for when I have vanquished my enemies on the cross, I shall arise as God and magnify thee.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Let creation rejoice, let all born on earth be glad, for hateful hell has been despoiled, let the women with myrrh come to meet me, for I am redeeming Adam and Eve and all their descendants, and on the third day shall I arise.

IBM Bluemix - Spring Boot Elasticsearch Repositories demo

Pas Apicella - Sat, 2015-10-10 05:51
I decided to take the Elasticsearch repositories as part of the Spring Data project for a test drive. The Spring boot Elasticsearch repositories are described in the link below.


In this example I create a basic Spring Boot application using Elasticsearch, Web, Rest Repositories along with Thymeleaf / Bootstrap as the view pages. The code for this is on GitHub which also provides the "Deploy to Bluemix" button to deploy to your own instance of this application into your own Bluemix accout.


Like all Spring Data Repositories you can create an interface and be given basic CRUD operations to the Elastisearch DOCUMENT as shown below.

package pas.au.ibm.bluemix.elastic;

import org.springframework.data.elasticsearch.repository.ElasticsearchRepository;

import java.util.List;

public interface EmployeeRepository extends ElasticsearchRepository<Employee, String>
public List<Employee> findByFirstNameContaining(String firstName);

package pas.au.ibm.bluemix.elastic;

import org.springframework.data.annotation.Id;
import org.springframework.data.elasticsearch.annotations.Document;

@Document(indexName = "employee", type = "employee", shards = 1, replicas = 0, refreshInterval = "-1")
public class Employee
private String id;
private String firstName;
private String lastName;
private String job;
private int deptNo;

public Employee()


If you don't have a IBM DevOps Jazzhub account the manifest.yml can be used if you clone the project, and compile it using maven with "mvn package". Be sure to alter the application name / host to be a unique name within Bluemix.

 - name: pas-sb-elastic
   memory: 450M
   path: ./target/SpringBootElasticSearch-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
   instances: 1
   host: pas-sb-elastic
   buildpack: java_buildpack
   domain: mybluemix.net

Example Deployment

pasapicella@pas-macbook-pro:~/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/SpringBootElasticSearch$ cf push
Using manifest file /Users/pasapicella/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/SpringBootElasticSearch/manifest.yml

Creating app pas-sb-elastic in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space dev as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

Using route pas-sb-elastic.mybluemix.net
Binding pas-sb-elastic.mybluemix.net to pas-sb-elastic...

Uploading pas-sb-elastic...
Uploading app files from: /Users/pasapicella/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/SpringBootElasticSearch/target/SpringBootElasticSearch-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
Uploading 1M, 133 files
Done uploading

Starting app pas-sb-elastic in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space dev as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...
-----> Downloaded app package (35M)
-----> Java Buildpack Version: v3.0 | https://github.com/cloudfoundry/java-buildpack.git#3bd15e1
-----> Downloading Open Jdk JRE 1.8.0_60 from https://download.run.pivotal.io/openjdk/trusty/x86_64/openjdk-1.8.0_60.tar.gz (2.7s)
       Expanding Open Jdk JRE to .java-buildpack/open_jdk_jre (1.7s)
-----> Downloading Spring Auto Reconfiguration 1.10.0_RELEASE from https://download.run.pivotal.io/auto-reconfiguration/auto-reconfiguration-1.10.0_RELEASE.jar (0.9s)

-----> Uploading droplet (79M)

0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
1 of 1 instances running

App started


App pas-sb-elastic was started using this command `SERVER_PORT=$PORT $PWD/.java-buildpack/open_jdk_jre/bin/java -cp $PWD/.:$PWD/.java-buildpack/spring_auto_reconfiguration/spring_auto_reconfiguration-1.10.0_RELEASE.jar -Djava.io.tmpdir=$TMPDIR -XX:OnOutOfMemoryError=$PWD/.java-buildpack/open_jdk_jre/bin/killjava.sh -Xmx329386K -Xms329386K -XX:MaxMetaspaceSize=64M -XX:MetaspaceSize=64M -Xss975K org.springframework.boot.loader.JarLauncher`

Showing health and status for app pas-sb-elastic in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space dev as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

requested state: started
instances: 1/1
usage: 450M x 1 instances
urls: pas-sb-elastic.mybluemix.net
last uploaded: Sat Oct 10 10:20:52 UTC 2015
stack: cflinuxfs2
buildpack: java_buildpack

     state     since                    cpu    memory           disk           details
#0   running   2015-10-10 09:22:42 PM   0.3%   425.1M of 450M   158.1M of 1G

The application is currently deployed and is accessible at the URL below.


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IBM Bluemix - Specify only Liberty buildpack features you require

Pas Apicella - Mon, 2015-10-05 21:22
I am more often then not using spring boot applications on IBM Bluemix and most of what I need is packaged with the application from JPA or JDBC, drivers, Rest etc. Of course with IBM Bluemix we can specify which build pack we wish to use but by default for java applications LIberty is used.

When a stand-alone application is deployed, a default Liberty configuration is provided for the application. The default configuration enables the following Liberty features:
  • beanValidation-1.1
  • cdi-1.2
  • ejbLite-3.2
  • el-3.0
  • jaxrs-2.0
  • jdbc-4.1
  • jndi-1.0
  • jpa-2.1
  • jsf-2.2
  • jsonp-1.0
  • jsp-2.3
  • managedBeans-1.0
  • servlet-3.1
  • websocket-1.1
  • icap:managementConnector-1.0
  • appstate-1.0
Here is how I strip out some of what isn't required in my Liberty runtime container to a bare minimal of what I need.


 - name: pas-speedtest
   memory: 512M
   instances: 1
   path: ./demo-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
   host: pas-speedtest
   domain: mybluemix.net
     JBP_CONFIG_LIBERTY: "app_archive: {features: [jsp-2.3, websocket-1.1, servlet-3.1]}"

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IBM Bluemix - Triggerring backing service creation from "Deploy to Bluemix" button

Pas Apicella - Thu, 2015-10-01 08:01
I recently posted about the "Deploy to Bluemix" button which will automatically deploy an application into IBM Bluemix from a single click.


If the application requires backing services they can automatically be created using the"declared-services" tag as shown below. Declared services are a manifest extension, which creates or looks for the required or optional services that are expected to be set up before the app is deployed, such as a data cache service. You can find a list of the eligible Bluemix services, labels, and plans by using the CF Command Line Interface and running cf marketplace


    label: rediscloud
    plan: 30mb
 - name: pas-sbsessions
   memory: 512M
   instances: 2
   path: ./target/SpringBootHTTPSession-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
   host: pas-sbsessions
   domain: mybluemix.net
   buildpack: java_buildpack
    - redis-session

Note: Declared services is an IBM extension of the standard Cloud Foundry manifest format. This extension might be revised in a future release as the feature evolves and improves.
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Lot's Wife

Greg Pavlik - Mon, 2015-09-28 11:57
Lot's Wife
by Anna Akhmatova
an interpretive translation by Greg Pavlik
The righteous Lot heard the voice of God
As if coming from the distant and black mountains.
But his wife,
She saw what was until yesterday her blessing.
Under the beautiful spires of Sodom,
Where she sang spinning cloth -
The empty window of the room,
In which her children were born.
She looked – and her pain died with her,
For she could look no more:
Her body translucent salt,
Her feet joined the earth.
Who will mourn for Marah?
An insignificant role in a grand saga -
Yet my conscience cannot forget
The one who gave her life for a fleeting glance.
Original poem
И праведник шел за посланником Бога,
Огромный и светлый, по черной горе.
Но громко жене говорила тревога:
Не поздно, ты можешь еще посмотреть
На красные башни родного Содома,
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Adding the "Deploy to Bluemix" Button to my Bluemix Applications in GitHub

Pas Apicella - Mon, 2015-09-14 19:25
Not before time I finally added my first "Deploy to Bluemix" button on my GitHub projects for Bluemix applications. The screen shot below shows this for the Spring Session - Spring Boot Portable Cloud Ready HTTP Session demo.

Here is what it looks like when I do deploy this using the "Deploy to Bluemix" button and requires me to log in to IBM Bluemix. What happens when you use this button it adds the prohect code via FORK to your own DevOps projects , adds a pipeline to compile/deploy the code and finally deploys it as you Expect it to do.

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Spring Session - Spring Boot application for IBM Bluemix

Pas Apicella - Thu, 2015-09-10 07:28
The following guide shows how to use Spring Session to transparently leverage Redis to back a web application’s HttpSession when using Spring Boot.


The demo below is a simple Spring Boot / Thymeleaf/ Bootstrap application to test Session replication using Spring Session - Spring Boot within IBM Bluemix. Same demo will run on Pivotal Cloud Foundry as well.

IBM DevOps URL ->


Sample Project on GitHub ->


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The Portable, Cloud-Ready HTTP Session
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Integrating Telstra Public WIFI API into Bluemix

Pas Apicella - Tue, 2015-09-01 19:51
I previously blogged about Integrating Telstra Public SMS Api as shown below.


Here I show how I integrated Telstra Public WIFI Api into IBM Bluemix. This Api from Telstra is documented as follows. You need to register on http://t.dev to get the credentials to use thier API which I have previously done which then enables me to integrate it onto Bluemix


Once again here is the Api Within the Bluemix Catalog, these screen shots show the Api has been added to the Bluemix Catalog which can then be consumed as a service.

Finally here is a Web based application using Bootstrap so it renders quite well on mobile devices as well which allows you to enter your Latitidue, Longitude and Radius to find Telstra WIFI Hotspots using the Telstra WIFI Api on IBM Bluemix


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Visit http://bluemix.net to get started
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Integrating Telstra Public SMS API into Bluemix

Pas Apicella - Thu, 2015-08-27 21:16
In the post below I will show how I integrated Telstra public SMS Api into my Bluemix catalog to be consumed as a service. This was all done from Public Bluemix using the Cloud Integration Service.

Step 1 - Create a T.DEV account

In order to get started you need to create an account on http://dev.telstra.com in order to be granted access to the SMS API. Once access is granted you need to create an application which enables you to add/manage Telstra API keys as shown below.

1.1 Create an account an http://dev.telstra.com

1.2. Once done you should have something as follows which can take up to 24 hours to get approved as shown by the "approved" icon

Step 2 - Test the SMS Telstra API

At this point we want to test the Telstra SMS API using a script, this ensures it's working before we proceed to Integrating it onto Bluemix.

2.1. Create a script called setup.sh as follows

#Obtain these keys from the Telstra Developer Portal

curl "https://api.telstra.com/v1/oauth/token?client_id=$APP_KEY&client_secret=$APP_SECRET&grant_type=client_credentials&scope=SMS"

2.2. Edit the script above to use your APP_KEY and APP_SECRET values from the Telstra Developer Portal

2.3. Run as shown below

pas@Pass-MBP:~/ibm/customers/telstra/telstra-apis/test$ ./setup.sh
{ "access_token": "xadMkPqSAE0VG6pSGEi6rHA5vqYi", "expires_in": "3599" }

2.4. Make a note of the token key returned, you will need this to send an SMS message
2.5. Create a script called "sendsms.sh" as shown below.

# * Recipient number should be in the format of "04xxxxxxxx" where x is a digit
# * Authorization header value should be in the format of "Bearer xxx" where xxx is access token returned
# from a previous GET https://api.telstra.com/v1/oauth/token request.

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-H "Authorization: Bearer $TOKEN" \
-d "{\"to\":\"$RECIPIENT_NUMBER\", \"body\":\"Hello, pas sent this message from telstra SMS api!\"}" \

2.6. Replace the token key with what was returned at step 2.4 above
2.7. Replace the RECIPIENT_NUMBER with your own mobile number to test the SMS API.
2.8. Run as shown below.

pas@Pass-MBP:~/ibm/customers/telstra/telstra-apis/test$ ./sendsms.sh

Step 3 - Creating a REST based service to Call Telstra SMS API

At this point we can now Integrate the Telstra SMS API into Bluemix. To do that I created a simple Spring Boot Application which exposes a RESTful method to call Telstra SMS API using Spring's RestTemplate class. I do this as it's two calls you need to make to call the Telstra SMS API. A REST based call to get a ACCESS_TOKEN , then followed by a call to actually send an SMS message. Creating a Spring Boot application to achieve this allows me to wrap that into one single call making it easy to consume and add to the Bluemix Catalog as a Service.

More Information on The Cloud Integration service can be found here. Cloud Integration allows us to expose RESTful methods from Bluemix applications onto the catalog via one simple screen. We could alos use Bluemix API management service as well.


Below shows the application being pushed into Bluemix which will then be used to add Telstra SMS API service into the Bluemix catalog.

pas@192-168-1-4:~/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/TelstraSMSAPIDemo$ cf push
Using manifest file /Users/pas/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/TelstraSMSAPIDemo/manifest.yml

Creating app pas-telstrasmsapi in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

Using route pas-telstrasmsapi.mybluemix.net
Binding pas-telstrasmsapi.mybluemix.net to pas-telstrasmsapi...

Uploading pas-telstrasmsapi...
Uploading app files from: /Users/pas/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/TelstraSMSAPIDemo/target/TelstraSMSAPI-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
Uploading 752.3K, 98 files
Done uploading

Starting app pas-telstrasmsapi in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...
-----> Downloaded app package (15M)
-----> Liberty Buildpack Version: v1.19.1-20150622-1509
-----> Retrieving IBM 1.8.0_20150617 JRE (ibm-java-jre-8.0-1.0-pxa6480sr1ifx-20150617_03-cloud.tgz) ... (0.0s)
         Expanding JRE to .java ... (1.4s)
-----> Retrieving App Management 1.5.0_20150608-1243 (app-mgmt_v1.5-20150608-1243.zip) ... (0.0s)
         Expanding App Management to .app-management (0.9s)
-----> Downloading Auto Reconfiguration 1.7.0_RELEASE from https://download.run.pivotal.io/auto-reconfiguration/auto-reconfiguration-1.7.0_RELEASE.jar (0.1s)
-----> Liberty buildpack is done creating the droplet

-----> Uploading droplet (90M)

0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
1 of 1 instances running

App started


App pas-telstrasmsapi was started using this command `$PWD/.java/jre/bin/java -Xtune:virtualized -Xmx384M -Xdump:none -Xdump:heap:defaults:file=./../dumps/heapdump.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.%pid.%seq.phd -Xdump:java:defaults:file=./../dumps/javacore.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.%pid.%seq.txt -Xdump:snap:defaults:file=./../dumps/Snap.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.%pid.%seq.trc -Xdump:heap+java+snap:events=user -Xdump:tool:events=systhrow,filter=java/lang/OutOfMemoryError,request=serial+exclusive,exec=./.buildpack-diagnostics/killjava.sh $JVM_ARGS org.springframework.boot.loader.JarLauncher --server.port=$PORT`

Showing health and status for app pas-telstrasmsapi in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

requested state: started
instances: 1/1
usage: 512M x 1 instances
urls: pas-telstrasmsapi.mybluemix.net
last uploaded: Fri Jul 17 11:26:58 UTC 2015

     state     since                    cpu    memory           disk           details
#0   running   2015-07-17 09:28:28 PM   1.0%   150.6M of 512M   148.9M of 1G

Step 4 - Add the RESTful method to IBM Bluemix catalog to invoke the Telstra SMS API

4.1 To expose our RESTful method we simply define the end point using the Cloud Integration service as shown below.

The image showing the Cloud Integration service with the Telstra API exposed and available to be consumed as a Service on Bluemix.

This was created using the Bluemix Dashboard but can also be done using the Cloud Foundry command line "cf create-service ..."

Step 5 - Create a Application client which will invoke the Telstra SMS service

At this point we are going to push a client application onto Bluemix which consumes the Telstra SMS API service and then uses it within the application. WE do this to verify the service works creating a simple HTML based application which invokes the service which has a manifest.yml file indicating it wants to consume the service which is now exposed on the catalog within Bluemix as per above.

5.1. The manifest.yml consumes the service created from the API in the catalog

- name: pas-telstrasmsapi-client
  memory: 512M
  instances: 1
  host: pas-telstrasmsapi-client
  domain: mybluemix.net
  path: ./target/TelstraSMSApiClient-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
   JBP_CONFIG_IBMJDK: "version: 1.8.+"
    - TelstraSMS-service

5.2. Push the application as shown below.

pas@Pass-MacBook-Pro:~/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/TelstraSMSApiClient$ cf push
Using manifest file /Users/pas/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/TelstraSMSApiClient/manifest.yml

Updating app pas-telstrasmsapi-client in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

Using route pas-telstrasmsapi-client.mybluemix.net
Uploading pas-telstrasmsapi-client...
Uploading app files from: /Users/pas/ibm/DemoProjects/spring-starter/jazzhub/TelstraSMSApiClient/target/TelstraSMSApiClient-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
Uploading 806.8K, 121 files
Done uploading
Binding service TelstraSMS-service to app pas-telstrasmsapi-client in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

Stopping app pas-telstrasmsapi-client in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

Starting app pas-telstrasmsapi-client in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...
-----> Downloaded app package (16M)
-----> Downloaded app buildpack cache (1.2M)
-----> Liberty Buildpack Version: v1.19.1-20150622-1509
-----> Retrieving IBM 1.8.0_20150617 JRE (ibm-java-jre-8.0-1.0-pxa6480sr1ifx-20150617_03-cloud.tgz) ... (0.0s)
         Expanding JRE to .java ... (1.5s)
-----> Retrieving App Management 1.5.0_20150608-1243 (app-mgmt_v1.5-20150608-1243.zip) ... (0.0s)
         Expanding App Management to .app-management (0.9s)
-----> Downloading Auto Reconfiguration 1.7.0_RELEASE from https://download.run.pivotal.io/auto-reconfiguration/auto-reconfiguration-1.7.0_RELEASE.jar (0.0s)
-----> Liberty buildpack is done creating the droplet

-----> Uploading droplet (90M)

0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
0 of 1 instances running, 1 starting
1 of 1 instances running

App started


App pas-telstrasmsapi-client was started using this command `$PWD/.java/jre/bin/java -Xtune:virtualized -Xmx384M -Xdump:none -Xdump:heap:defaults:file=./../dumps/heapdump.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.%pid.%seq.phd -Xdump:java:defaults:file=./../dumps/javacore.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.%pid.%seq.txt -Xdump:snap:defaults:file=./../dumps/Snap.%Y%m%d.%H%M%S.%pid.%seq.trc -Xdump:heap+java+snap:events=user -Xdump:tool:events=systhrow,filter=java/lang/OutOfMemoryError,request=serial+exclusive,exec=./.buildpack-diagnostics/killjava.sh $JVM_ARGS org.springframework.boot.loader.JarLauncher --server.port=$PORT`

Showing health and status for app pas-telstrasmsapi-client in org pasapi@au1.ibm.com / space apple as pasapi@au1.ibm.com...

requested state: started
instances: 1/1
usage: 512M x 1 instances
urls: pas-telstrasmsapi-client.mybluemix.net
last uploaded: Sun Jul 19 15:22:26 UTC 2015

     state     since                    cpu    memory           disk           details
#0   running   2015-07-19 11:23:57 PM   0.8%   144.9M of 512M   149.8M of 1G

Step 6 - Send SMS using Telstra SMS Api from Bluemix Application using the Service

6.1. Navigate to the URL below and send an SMS using the form below.


6.2. Verify it has sent a message to the phone number entered in the text field as shown below.

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Getting started with Bluemix is easy, navigate to http://bluemix.net to sign up and get going.
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IntelliJ IDEA 14.1.4 adds Spring Initializr

Pas Apicella - Fri, 2015-08-14 21:57
Just upgraded to to Intellij IDEA 14.1.4 and found that the Spring Initializr web page for quickly creating spring boot applications has been added to the New Project dialog. The web site I normally drive new spring boot applications from as follows, is now part of IntelliJ IDEA which is great.


Some screen shots of this.

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IBM Bluemix Garage New Website

Pas Apicella - Mon, 2015-08-10 07:14
If you keen to know more about the IBM Bluemix garage which is also coming to melbourne shortly this URL is the main page for that. Some good videos here detailing what the Garage stands for.

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Ancestor Worship

Greg Pavlik - Sat, 2015-08-08 08:25
Some profound lessons in how to be human that we can learn from our Confucian friends


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